Crystal Jennings Takes Best in Show for ‘Night Music’; Longtime Member Owens Memorialized

The winners of the 2021 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition were announced as the annual show opened Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC).

The awards are:

  • Best in Show: Crystal Jennings, “Night Music,” charcoal on antique paper
  • First Place: Richard Davies, “Night Flowers,” acrylic on canvas
  • Second Place: Paula Barthet, “Catalpa Trees Two,” photograph
  • Third Place: Vickie Coleman, “Many Moons,” alcohol ink
  • Honorable Mention: Linda DeMint, “Morning Surprise,” acrylic on canvas
  • Honorable Mention: Dell Gorman, “Wannabe,” sepia watercolor

The Pine Bluff Art League (PBAL) members represented in this show of 21 works also include: Edie Totty, Dell Gorman, Crystal Jennings, Kay Reed, Claudia Spainhour, Margie Spharler and Pamela Woolley.

Juror Bryan Massey, chair and professor of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Arkansas, was on hand to speak and to present the awards.

Linda DeMint also honored longtime PBAL member Barbara Owen, who died August 19, 2021. “The Last Leaf,” one of Owen’s pastel drawings, is included in the exhibition in her honor.

Volunteer group Art Krewe and M.K. Distributors sponsored the reception.

The exhibition will remain on display in the International Paper Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 27, and is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co.

The art league hosts monthly meetings 2-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center, 211 W. Third St., in downtown Pine Bluff. Due to Labor Day weekend, the next meeting is set for Sept. 12. The public is invited to attend the meetings or contact the league by calling 870-718-1058. Claudia Spainhour is the current PBAL president.


About ASC

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is accredited with the American Alliance of Museums. ASC presents programming in the visual arts, performing arts, and the sciences through exhibits, performances, classes and local partnerships. Gallery admission is free. ASC is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council —  a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission, and the City of Pine Bluff. For more information, visit or call 870-536-3375.


The winners of the 2021 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition were announced during an awards reception Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC). From left are ASC Executive Director Dr. Rachel Miller; Paula Barthet, Second Place, “Catalpa Trees Two”; Crystal Jennings, Best in Show, “Night Music”; juror Bryan Massey from the University of Central Arkansas; Dell Gorman, Honorable Mention, “Wannabe”;  Linda DeMint, Honorable Mention, “Morning Surprise”; Richard Davies, First Place, “Night Flowers”; and ASC Curator Jessica Lenehan. Vickie Coleman (not pictured) took Third Place for “Many Moons.”